Norville Parchment

By the age of five, my mother describes me asking her to take me door to door selling my drawings in our neighborhood. By the eighth grade, I was knee deep in photography and piano. Fortunately, my parents supported all my early explorations and indulged my many creative endeavors.
 
Despite their support, they instilled the notion that I would need to earn a living.  Hardworking and traditional, they believed that I should follow my dream, but go to college for something practical. I opted to follow in my fathers footsteps and become a pastor in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
 
In 1993, while enrolled in theology school, I became disturbed and captivated by the notion that there was no salvation for the original fallen angels.  This discovery inspired a play, gods, centered on the fall of the angels and its link to the salvation of mankind.  At its conclusion, it was clear that so too was my career as a pastor.
 
Having always been an avid painter, I decided to focus my major on fine art with emphasis on oil painting.  After school and in the hopes of finding the perfect balance between a lucrative career and my passion for art, I turned to advertising and opened a firm in Calgary. Three years and one successful agency later, I was still yearning for the right balance.
 
At the height of the dot-com era, an e-commerce firm in San Francisco recruited me.  And, when the bubble burst, my severance package finally afforded me the opportunity to focus entirely on art again.
 
Returning to old religious themes, I conceived the angel series.  The goal was hyper-realism and I experimented with different production strategies. Through this process I not only found my voice but, rekindled my faith in art and my desire to share it with others.
 
In the overwhelming majority of religious paintings, angels are supporting characters such as messengers, helpers, or tempters. The possibility that angels may not be, either white shining slaves of god, or demons sent from hell opens the door to explore angels as the protagonist.
 
Exploring human themes of seemingly flawed or simply mundane activities, allows us to examine our definitions of divine. The marriage of heavenly beings, everyday situations, and human emotions challenges traditional religious ideas and introduces the anthropomorphizing of angels.
 
I would like to thank my stunning models who were so gracious to portray angels.

Drawn Angel

 

Pregnant Angel

Watching

Nun

Losing My Religion

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